'Great Blessings of the Water: Sacred water in Southwest Alaska'

2012-04-10 by

UAA anthropologists Alan Boraas and Catherine Knott share an understanding of the “Great Blessings of the Water” that take place annually along rivers in Southwestern Alaska. They worked in collaboration with local residents and were invited to document the rituals. The event they describe here took place Jan. 19, 2012 on the Nushagak River near New Stuyahok, about 50 miles northwest of Dillingham. The V. Rev. Alexie Askoak of St. Sergius Church officiated.

In his remarks, Boraas calls the religious ritual “indigenized Orthodoxy,” meaning that the religious event has been shaped by the Yupik people who practice it. The event recognizes the Baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, but since Christ had no sins to remove, the sins they remove in the ceremony are those of human pollution of the water. Their prayer is for pure water, home for healthy salmon.

“People raise to the sacred that which is most important in their lives,” Boraas says.

Dr. Catherine Knott was seated in the audience. Her remarks near the end, and some audience questions, are a little hard to hear, but all are audible.

This podcast was recorded March 29, 2012 at an Anthropology Club brown bag.

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Dr. Alan Boraas
Kenai Peninsula College, Anthropology
St. Sergius Church, New Stuyahok
Web page
New Stuyahok
Alaska Community Database

Meet the UAA College of Arts and Sciences dean candidate John Stalvey

2012-04-04 by News, Sports, and Art

The search committee for the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences invites you to meet candidates and hear their presentations on the value of a liberal arts education.

John Stalvey, Ph.D.
Current institution: Kent State University, Kent, OH
Current position: Assoc. Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

This podcast was recorded on April 2, 2012.

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UAA College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Paul Ongtooguk's opening remarks at 'ENGAGE: Building Sustainable Communities'

2012-04-04 by

UAA’s Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL) hosted a two-day workshop March 30-31, 2012 featuring facilitator Dr. Patti Clayton, a scholar with more than 10 years experience in community-engaged teaching and learning.

Judith Owens-Manley, director of CCEL, opened the workshop by introducing guest Prof. Paul Ongtooguk of the College of Education. Dr. Ongtooguk was invited to make opening remarks that would help attendees consider their unique location in Alaska. Dr. Ongtooguk emphasized the importance among Native cultures of using imagination to solve problems.

Dr. Patti Clayton follows with remarks on how community-engaged teaching and learning is shifting toward co-creation among all participants.

This event was recorded March 30, 2012.

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UAA Center for Community Engagement and Learning
PHC Venture
Patti Clayton's Curricular Engagement website

Healing Spices for Cancer and Chronic Disease Series with Dr. Lyn Freeman, Part 2

2012-04-04 by

Dr. Lyn Freeman is an Alaska researcher and behavioral medicine provider who completed six years of National Cancer Institute-funded research on overcoming the side effects of cancer treatments. The intervention she created and tested produced clinically and statistically significant improvements and is now a model of care for cancer survivors.

The title of her talk here is “The history of spice research and 15 cancer fighting spices.” This podcast was recorded March 27, 2012.

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Dr. Lyn Freeman
Personal website
UAA Campus Bookstore

Roundtable discussion: Willie Hensley and Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer

2012-04-03 by

This roundtable discussion between Willie Hensley, a distinguished visiting professor at the UAA College of Business and Public Policy, and Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer, a leading Northern historian and scholar on contemporary Arctic sovereignty and security issues, followed Lackenbauer’s presentation at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) on “Canada, the United States and the Arctic.”

You can find this earlier podcast by clicking on the tag “Arctic.” which will bring up all podcasts with that tag.

This roundtable was recorded March 27, 2012.

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